Outreach at the Parkes Institute: Holocaust Memorial Day

In the latest in our series of posts on the Parkes Institute’s outreach activities, we explore the Parkes Institute’s involvement in Southampton’s Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day commemorations.


Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on 27 January, the date on which Soviet troops liberated the most notorious of Nazi death camps: Auschwitz-Birkenau. On HMD, people across the globe come together to pause, remember and reflect on the tragedies of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, to ensure that we create a future free from the dangers of discrimination and that ‘Never Again’ truly means Never Again.

The Parkes Institute has been involved in Southampton’s HMD commemorations for many years, and every year we work in partnership with the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust and other genocides.

HMD 2013

HMD is an important part of the Parkes Institute’s annual calendar and forms a central pillar of our outreach work, reflecting our belief in the need for Holocaust education. HMD 2013 in Southampton took place on 24 January. Several students from Southampton’s Itchen Sixth Form College shared their reflections on Holocaust testimony, and many more of Itchen’s students attended the event. Itchen’s involvement in HMD reflects a long tradition of outreach and partnership between the college and the Parkes Institute. In preparation for HMD 2013 Dr James Jordan and Dr Shirli Gilbert visited the college with a number of their undergraduate students, leading the sixth formers in discussion and debate about the meaning and importance of survivor testimony, and the Parkes Institute is particularly grateful to Shaun O’Toole and Christian Scott for their continued support for HMD and outreach activities at the college. You can read a full report on the evening here.

Preparations are already underway for HMD 2014 – if you would like to be involved or would like more information, please contact Dr Tom Plant at tp2c10@soton.ac.uk.

For more information on HMD in the UK, please visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website. For more information on upcoming Parkes events, please see our events and conferences page.

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